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Guide to Becoming a Hippie



Please note: this is NOT a lens about being a hippie (that's a separate lens).  This is a lens about becoming a hippie.  Got it?


1.  Turn on: Just avoid drugs, drugs are for squares, hippies gave drugs up for the most part around the same time that the worldwide square addiction to drugs began.  Pushers and drug lords couldn't make money off hippies because hippies grew their own.  So the drug lords and pushers turned to hooking squares who were too square to know how dangerous drugs were and are.

2. Tune in.

3. Drop out: Actually you should stay in school. You can get an education and still become a hippie. The education actually helps you become more hip. The word "hip" means aware. Therefore, a hippie is one who is aware.


hippie philosophy

When I was young, I did exactly what you are doing now: I read up on hippies, studied books about hippies, read magazine articles about hippies, any TV program about hippies I watched, and even read Britannica Yearbook sections on hippies. In other words, I looked before I leaped. I decided to become a hippie and decided that whatever expectations that squares had (drug use, not taking baths, radical activity, STD's, and the rest of the long list of myths) was their problem not mine. I have never used drugs and nowadays that is true of the majority of hippies. I never stopped taking baths but I am wary of triclosan for the same reason that I am wary of overuse of antibiotics -- you can set yourself up for super-infection. I'm a Christian myself (or try to be) and am aware of the conflict between free love and traditional views of sex. I'm not talking about safe sex which is simple common sense. I'm talking about this wait till marriage stuff. Even the most extreme preaching on the subject (Bill Gothard) is largely based on his own reaction to the free-love rebellion spirit of the 1960s-1970s, rather than being based on the Bible itself. Many Protestant denominations don't bat an eye about women not being virgins when they get married for the first time. The double standard that does not insist on male virginity is true of many religions not just Christianity. The Catholic churches of late don't freak out about loss of virginity before marriage. I don't know about Eastern Orthodox. As far as I know, of all religions common in the USA, only Ultra-Orthodox Judaism places any value on male virginity. And that is my personal reaction to any conflict between my own religious beliefs and the free love idea that is (or was) a hallmark of hippie philosophy. If your own religious beliefs differ from mine and you are becoming a hippie, I strongly encourage safety. You really do not hear of rampant AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases among hippies so many others must have independently come to conclusions similar to mine.

With the above long and rambling preamble out of the way, here is hippie philosophy boiled down:

1. Do your own thing as long as you don't hurt anyone else.

2. The core "hippie" philosophy is staunchly aloof to politics and politicians. This puts hippies who are quietists at the opposite pole from radicals who are activists. [See module on hippies and radicals]. Hippies are apolitical or non-political.

3. The foundation of the hippie movement finds historical precedent as far back as the counterculture of the Ancient Greeks, espoused by philosophers like Diogenes of Sinope and the Cynics also as early forms of hippie culture. Hippie philosophy also credits the religious and spiritual teachings of Gandhi, Hillel the Elder, Buddha, Mazdak, St. Francis of Assisi, Henry David Thoreau, and Jesus Christ. [Thanks Wikipedia]

4. utopianism -- this leaves us vulnerable to religious cults

5. libertarianism with a lower-case l -- Uppercase L is political and we aren't political and the other problem with Libertarianism with a capital L is that is leaves us vulnerable to authoritarian violent bullies. As long as we are on the subject of L, "live and let live" is basic hippie philosophy.

6. don't trust the Establishment -- beyond that, hippies part company with radicals

7. free love but with safe sex -- beyond the Sixties' free love idea, modern hippies now observe safe sex and most prefer fidelity to one person or at least one stable group. The whole idea of free love is contained in the saying: "make love, not war".

Note on the references to "vulnerable": It is true that LSD was created by the CIA for purposes of mind control and they experimented upon middle class white American kids. Now is it possible to be more evil than to experiment upon children and to develop mind control? Probably not. Slavery and genocide are at the bottom of the barrel as far as evil goes but this mind control stuff might as well be included in the list of worst sins. Do not take my word for it. Do your own research. The government itself created the hippie movement because after Timothy Leary's followers lost interest in both the government and in Timothy Leary, they went off to start the hippie movement.

hippie philosophy


hippies and radicals

poles apart

I have no use for radicalism but that said, radicals have done more good in the USA than reactionaries such as KKK, the Bund & Silver Shirts back during the Jim Crow era. Lots of progress in civil rights, labor rights, and women’s rights are the direct result of radicals in the USA. Neo-Nazis, white separatists, Identity, neo-Confederates and other reactionaries have contributed NOTHING to America -- unless you think that the Oklahoma City bombing of the Murrah building was a good thing (as many Tea Party reactionaries think). Let's repeat this for emphasis: radicals despite excesses have tried (and often succeeded) in improving America. Reactionaries hate America and try to destroy it. Left up to reactionaries there would still be slavery, children working in sweat shops, and women being beaten for trying to vote. Those traditional values that they are always talking about? Nonexistent. They hate blacks, Native Americans, other minorities, women, children, old people (they're trying to gut Social Security), poor people, middle class people, rich people, Jewish people, Sikhs (whom they confuse with Muslims), legal immigrants (I got a problem with illegals but none with legals), Democrats, most Republicans, and pretty much everybody else. If you read some of the literature that they circulate amongst themselves, then you find out what they really think of Jesus and Christians. These ultra-conservatives view Christians as suckers who will knee-jerk vote for anything as long as it is couched as conservative or anti-liberal.


Hippie Clothes and Fashions

Unlike squares, we don't like being told what to wear. Granted there are situations where you should adhere to a dress code. I know lots of hippies who on occasion will stuff their hair under a hat and put on a three piece suit. In fact Malcolm Forbes (yes, that Malcolm Forbes) didn't care how long his sons' hair was as long as they wore suits.

Now you could argue that hippies won the style war because Casual Friday has become casual all week. A lot of Silicon Valley companies don't care if you wear jeans and a T-shirt to work as long as you are a good employee. But you are looking for quintessential "hippies clothes" and that's why you are reading this. Fair enough. The answer is three-fold: Hippies wear extremely colorful clothes (hence the term "flower children" for hippies of this stripe). Other hippies wear drab jeans and T-shirts just like squares. Not even tie-dyed (that's flower children). And the third major clothes option for hippies is clothing optional.. Surely by now you know that a lot of hippies would go through life from birth to death without ever wearing clothes. Only a few nudists and naturists living in remote places and private clubs have come close to actually accomplishing this never-wear-clothes Jain commitment.

Some of you are screaming; Cheat! We want fashion tips. I will mention that granny dresses were popular at the same time as micro-miniskirts for women. Men wore Nehru jackets or Peter Max suits when they wanted a break from the old jeans. And speaking of jeans, bellbottoms could get flared as large as monster bells to accommodate guys who wanted to wear their Shenandoah boots inside their jeans rather than stuffing their jeans down their boots. To paraphrase Ozzie, you can call our guys fairies if you want but fairies wear boots. Beatniks wear sandals. "We can stomp back if you mess with our children and women." said one dude.

Peace beads if you're not into stomping on rednecks who hassle you. Flowers in your hair and face paint if you're a flower child. Headbands. Wait a minute, i was going to go into all this next update.

Hippie Shop on My 9 News

some hippies with money go for haute couture

some hippies with money go for haute couture

some hippies with money go for haute couture

haute hippie - or, Saks Fifth Avenue is trying to trademark us

haute hippie


maybe you like this look


or maybe you prefer to dress down


Nehru jacket - for the well-dressed hippie dude


the colorful style preferred by flower children

the colorful style preferred by flower children

the colorful style preferred by flower children

clothing optional choice of many hippies

clothing optional choice of many hippies

clothing optional choice of many hippies

drab wear preferred by many hippies (by the way, hippies leave politics to radicals)

drab wear preferred by many hippies (by the way, hippies leave politics to radicals)

drab wear preferred by many hippies (by the way, hippies leave politics to radicals)

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

someone we won't identify

someone we won't identify

someone we won't identify

Remembering San Francisco's "Summer of Love"

Hippie music and pictures

This guy approves of drugs (BAD!) but knocks cigarettes (GOOD!).

Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right!

Hippies were for peace but it was radicals who tried to get our boys home in one piece by letting their heads get bashed by cops protesting the war. Nit-picking aside, this vid is right on.

In case the Establishment types have forgotten, protest is legal and protected by the Constitution though seldom in fact.

Despite the same picture as the previous vid, this one rocks!

Hippies and DMT

I like the comment by the yoga instructor that meditation is free while drugs cost money. He could have added that drugs cost you your health and many drugs cost you your wits. Some people have memory loss, bad trips, freak-outs, overdoses and flashbacks. Some people die from drugs.

1967 Hippie temptation TV documentary

Features the Grateful Dead.

I've never figured out why the dead are grateful. I wouldn't think they would feel anything.

Summer of Love: 1967


technical problems







love not war

love not war

love not war

they used to be Republicans until they stopped sinning

they used to be Republicans until they stopped sinning

they used to be Republicans until they stopped sinning

from Charlottetown

from Charlottetown

from Charlottetown


It's Patchouli Monday

(part of hippie appreciation week)

Actually this image is from the Burning Man festival attended by the billionaires from Google among other Silicon Valley types.

Hippie Appreciation Week


hippie scientists

Okay, so the American Association for the Advancement of Science doesn't really check on whether their members are squares or hippies. We just wanted to point out that hippies can pursue any line of work that they want.

Hopefully, they don't wig out like this guy from Lost.

Actually you might go to TwitPic to see pictures of hippie scientists.


growth centers

another hippie institution

The most famous is Esalen Institute at Big Sur. There are many other besides Esalen and Esalen does a lot more than massage so don't make blanket judgments from one picture.


Timothy Leary

one hippie philosopher

Needless to say, we reject the LSD, the cyberpunk, the cloning and uploading as a way of achieving immortality. (it didn't work for him and his ashes were sent into orbit and burnt up again on re-entry)

We're not against immortality (far from it, great idea). We're just against uploading as a way of achieving it. Why become a machine when you should rage against the machine?

Okay, so why even have Dr. Leary here then? Duh, cause he was a major part of hippie history whether we like it or not. Just like drugs were part of our history that we reject now as a dead end. Let the squares have the drugs.



Strange but true fact: No doves landed on any guitars during Woodstock but people seemed to have fun anyway.


The Well

birthplace of the online community movement

Before you ever heard of the internet, these people were busy using it.

Surviving the Middle Class Crash

Editor's note -- I decided not to remove this little section because it is relevant to the hippie food section below. Spread the word among people you love: hippie and square alike. No one needs to eat this poison.



hippie food

(health food)

Forget the crap that comes up when you Google the phrase above. Most of it is sugared-up poison. Granola was never meant to give you diabetes nor was yogurt but that is what the squares have done to those, to name two foods we hippies pioneered.

If you get excess sugar, salt and fat out of your diet, you have come halfway to a hippie diet.

health food, macrobiotic cooking, natural food (not artificial ingredients), organically grown, the slow food movement (Do you know what's really in fast food?), local food, clean food and more all were ideas that we pioneered and the squares still haven't caught on . . . unless if you count supermarket chains like Whole Foods and Earth Fare

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hippie gardening

(organic farming)

Why? Because putting poison on your food will poison you.

Yes, we know that every insect loves tomatoes. Pick the insects off. Use a cordless dust buster or little hand vacuum to suck them off. Breed praying mantises and let them do the work. Surround your tomatoes with carefully chosen companion plants that naturally repel insects and other pests.

Grow your tomatoes in a greenhouse and keep out bugs completely.

Real food is perishable. Food bad for you is embalmed and stuffed full of chemicals like a taxidermist with a stiff. Want to be dead? Then eat food that doesn't rot.

hippie food processing - (natural foods)


Natural foods are those with no processing (raw foods) and no manufactured ingredients such as hormones, antibiotics, sweeteners, food colors, or flavorings that were not originally in the food.

The reason that there is no standard for natural foods in the USA, no legal definition in the USA for natural foods, no certification, and no seal to indicate that an item has passed inspection as natural food is because there is no natural foods trade group to lobby for these things. By contrast, organic farming is recognized by the USDA and the FDA (because there is an organic farming lobby that pushed for it) and a non-organic farmer cannot pass his crap (I mean food) off as organic without being in violation of the law.

Hint: Get busy natural foods gardeners and natural foods non-processors! Form a trade council. Lobby the USDA and FDA.

Because of the lack of standards in the USA, any one can claim "natural" and be serving you artificial ingredients.

In other words, I am NOT endorsing Jyoti.

Critical thinking is important: - Why would you use colorants in natural foods?





glatt kosher

glatt kosher

glatt kosher

hippie food handling - (clean food)


Don't bother to look for "clean food" or ":clean foods" in Wikipedia. It does not exist (though the page I landed on asked me to create the topic). This is despite the fact that there an entire clean foods movement.

Four points:

1. You want clean? You want clean enough for an obsessive-compulsive like Monk? Then eat glatt kosher food inspected by an ultra-orthodox Hasidic rabbi known for giving other kosher cops a hard time for not being clean enough. Yes, there actuallty exist "kosher cops" who are so-called because they inspect kosher food. Glatt kosher goes a step further and is super-clean. Or so we have a right to expect. Gentiles in general have pretty lax standards when it comes to food -- gentiles lack standards. If you can't obtain kosher food where you are, then in a pinch Muslim halal food will do.

2. The pots and pans in which food is cooked ought to be clean. Also, the trays which hold food before it is cooked should not be the same trays that hold food after it is cooked. Barbecue "chefs" often violate this rule of microbiology by plopping cooked meat back onto the tray where the raw meat was. The result is as predictable as leaving egg salad in a hot car: stomach pumps from food poisoning.

3. Hygiene. Watch public restrooms at restaurants (or anywhere). People go in and touch themselves without washing their hands first and then wonder why their privates get rashes and diseases. People come out of stalls and walk straight out without washing their hands a second time. In the case of people this nasty, they probably never washed their hands the first time. I don't care what your parents or teachers taught you: You need to wash your hands going in and coming out. Yes, I know you were about to burst. But look in a microscope powerful enough to bring the germs on your hands into sharp focus and then re-read the previous sentences. America is a nasty third world country because there are even executives who think that they are too good to wash their hands either before or after. Or they never learned hygiene in school because America is a third world country that cuts the budget on this essential class in school. Don't shake hands with people but tell them why. If they don't understand, then say: "look through a microscope at your hands and then you'll understand." And when will sinks with foot pedals be more widely available? You wash your hands and then have to touch those nasty handles to turn off the water. Foot pedals are the solution. Surgeons in hospitals use foot pedals. Or sensors that turn the water on and off.

Before AND after.

And squares say hippies are dirty.

4. This is the part where I freak out Jewish and Muslim people. There are unclean animals -- if you raise your livestock in unsanitary conditions and don't have a parasitologist on payroll. Pigs are most commonly picked on. They live in a pigsty (like some humans). Why do pigs live in filth? Because the swineherds put them in a sty. I have seen swine operations where the porkers were raised in conditions better than most preschools for children. Several washes daily, the best feed, veterinarians, the works. Some people think chickens are unclean. "If you spit, the chickens will peck at it." Let us analyze that. Why would a person do that to an animal in his or her care? Chickens are like any domesticated animal. They are aware that a human looks after them. They trust you (up till the point you slit their throat) and with sheep they still trust you. [No doubt why Jesus chose sheep as a metaphor for good followers. Sorry, Jesus but you had that one coming.] The point is that livestock are like children. They are totally at your mercy. So you are a bastard if you abuse them. A good farmer will give his or her animals the best feed that they can afford. Not crowd them so that diseases hop from animal to animal. A good argument for free range chicken and a good argument against feed lots for cattle. Quite a few farmers (even non-organic farmers) will see that their cows get a wash/bath frequently. Other farmers and ranchers could learn from them. Might cut down on expensive diseases like hoof & mouth. Clean animals? Let start with farmers with clean minds. Don't spit where chickens are eating. Don't infect or poison what you will be eating.

Chickens are used to having dry corn and other feed thrown on the ground for them to peck at. They don't have hands. My grandmother threw scratch feed for her chickens because chickens exercise and stretch their legs by scratching. It is a competition among them to see who gets to a grain of corn first. Probably the only fun they have all day long. So conditioned, they will run toward anything (even spit) because they trust you. Next time you are tempted to spit, God may cause a rooster to jump up and scratch your eyes out and that would be poetic justice.

On an unrelated subject . . .

I wonder if you can teach them to scratch away weeds but leave the vegetables? A pig would root up those carrots. A breed of chicken like that would be worth a few million. And I wonder if you could teach them to pick (and eat) bugs off tomatoes without damaging the tomatoes? Hmmm . . . more potential millions for a breed of chicken like that. Not as bird-brained as you think, chickens can be taught quite a bit with the right animal trainer and the right breeds of chicken to start with.

free range chickens

free range chickens

free range chickens

hippie food storage (fresh is better than stored)


Food out of a big box store is stored because it came a long distance by train, boat, truck or plane. That means it is full of preservatives. Face it, good food is perishable. If it isn't rotting, then it may be because it can't rot. It's plastic! Or pretty near. That's why we hippies sometimes refer to squares as plastic. Their lives are plastic, they use plastic cards, they wear plastic clothes, and they even eat plastic. [More on the subject of plastic in a future update of this lens -- when I find my notes on the topic.]

Fresh food is local food because the shortest distance to the market is food grown right in your county.

some words about variety


You probably knew that there are more varieties of apples than at your usual supermarket. What you probably didn't know is that there are a lot more than three varieties of potato. There are hundreds. Same for apples and just about any fruit or vegetable. Industrial food production cannot deal with this variety and so it narrows down the choice it offers you for their convenience. In practical terms, this means that of the thousands of edible plants on Earth, you are probably aware of only a few dozen.


People in other countries don't eat what we eat, thank God. But all humans could end up eating less than three dozen foods if industry narrows the choices. That why people need to grow their own. And stop worrying about the "weird" appearance of new fruits and vegetables. Some varieties of potatoes don't even look like potatoes are "supposed" to look.



hippie cooking - (macrobiotics)


"macrobiotic" means long life -- and it also means we will outlive the squares because they are determined to kill themselves

Sunshine Horsley - Hippie Doctor, M.D.

Editor's note -- I do not mean to impugn actual doctors who happen to be hippies. This video is just humor. And God knows many square doctors have drug addictions like Dr. Gregory House.



relax, we'll expand this section too (just don't expect pictures of naked people this is Squidoo after all)


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Drop City

Drop City

Drop City





hippie transportation

an old hearse and a VW microbus are some popular choices

and the van in the photo isn't taking anyone anywhere

(go electric not infernal combustion)

another popular transportation choice

another popular transportation choice

get on the bus, Gus

get on the bus, Gus

get on the bus, Gus

Summerhill & A. S. Neill

Summerhill & A. S. Neill

Summerhill & A. S. Neill

hippie educators

The first hippie school of any note was Summerhill. Later hippie schools came to be known as "free schools" both because of their free spirit attitude toward education as well as the fact that they often charged no tuition. [Remember the free school in the movie Billy Jack?]

Please note: "free universities" founded during the Sixties and Seventies in the USA have little in common with "free universities" in Europe founded centuries ago.


hippie schools

These colleges do not call themselves hippie colleges (as soon as I find one that does, I'll let you know) but they don't mind the presence of hippie students.







Beware of 99% of advice including this list because since i could not attend every school I have to depend on comments and most commenters are squares who are trying to steer you to drug-infested hang outs instead of good schools with good teachers and good facilities and good resources and good courses and good equipment. You are in school to learn and to improve yourself. Richard Branson is a hippie and he didn't get where he is by smoking pot and becoming forgetful. He took care of business and then chilled.

As far as public high schools go, your best bet is a magnet school or a charter school.

As far as private boarding schools (prep schools) go, your best bet is to try the one your old man or your old lady went to -- assuming that they are hippies like you. My condolences if your parents are squares.


Is Dartmouth a hippie school?

I would say no. I have never heard of hippie parents preferring to send their children there nor hippie teens in high school preferentially applying to Dartmouth. That said, there are some background matters that may account for why someone would ask this question. While most Native Americans (some prefer the term First Americans) are poor, not all are. Some work their way to middle class and there are a very rare few wealthy Native American families. Back in the bad old days, the Dawes Act was passed in order to destroy (assimilate) "Indians" and make the Red Man white. Children were taken away from their parents on reservations, put in Indian boarding schools, and beaten if they spoke tribal languages or evidenced any knowledge of their culture. The children of chiefs and prominent Native Americans were sent to Dartmouth, an Ivy League school, more than most any other institution of higher learning.

The counterculture is strongly influenced by Native American culture in food, clothes, architecture, medicine (holistic health, herbs, hot springs, hot tubs), education, family patterns, arts, religion, and social welfare. I think even today's hippies would be a little shaken if they stopped to realize how much they have absorbed from Native Americans -- and not necessarily by direct contact with actual First Americans. When white hippies moved out of Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco under the pressure of media obsession with them, being overwhelmed by teen runaways from square homes, police beatings as they were confused with radicals, violent bikers like the Hell's Angels, drug pushers (this was before organized crime decided to produce the poison elsewhere and ship it to the USA), and gays taking over Haight-Ashbury; they moved to rural areas all over the United States and all over the world.

As they moved into rural areas, they became close to the land. Naturally, like Native Americans, living close to the land, they were bound to make similar decisions. That plus the fact that not all hippies were white, meant an influx of new ideas into the counterculture. Hippies read widely and one of the things they read was about the First Americans. The absorption of ideas from Native Americans was so complete and so subtle that later generations of hippie kids might not know that a kiva on a commune is a direct borrowing of an architectural idea of southwest tribes. The casual observer might not think about this deeply. They might watch the Billy Jack movies and conclude that hippies got their ideas from the movies. In reality, the Billy Jack movies got their ideas from Native American "Indians". Dartmouth is not a hippie school but it might as well be.

hippie inventions

Got a gadget? Get listed here! Not electric vehicles. We alread know about those. Ed Begley was right.

Someone pointed out that Steve Jobs is a hippie and would you rather have his competitor's software that freezes up?


"when i was young my parents raised me right, my daddy sang me beetle songs every night, mom cooked organic meals with home made deserts, every day i went to school wearing tydie shirts. i was taught to love and taught . . . "

all right, who sent this in and left off the rest of the quote?

The Hippie Handbook


Spaced Out


hippie furniture

It is not just bean bags for chairs and an old wooden cable spool for a table. Some of us are carpenters who do fine workmanship.

Note the grain of the wood.

But for more unusual furnishing choices, see the book entitled "Space Out" seen elsewhere in this lens.

hippies putting flowers in guns

hippies putting flowers in guns

hippies putting flowers in guns

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Strawberry Alarm Clock

incense and peppermints "strawberry alarm clock / vibravoid" (psychedelic trip)

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense And Peppermints

Strawberry Alarm Clock


how to become a hippie

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    "3. Throw out your aluminum infested deoderant. (This may be a key factor in becoming a hippie, I am pretty sure.) Don't drink from anything aluminum or go near foil." I laughed out loud over this one for two reasons. One, hippies take showers and
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Digital Hippies

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10 Steps to Becoming a Hippie

These kids are telling you how to destroy yourself when they tell you to take drugs. They are very obviously squares.

just let it go . . .



The day will come when some square either says to you or implies in your presernce that all hippies are like Charles Manson.

Just accept it and let it go. You are wasting your breath to point out that:

1. Charles Manson by his own admission was never a hippie.

2. Charles Manson hated hippies.

3. Long hair does not make you a hippie (it helps but is not definitive)

4. Charles Manson shaved his hair off and became the first skinhead with all skinheads' propensity for violence.

Now we don't mind claiming longhairs like Jesus Christ, Lady Godiva, classical musicians and Rapunzel as our own but consider the logic here. If we were to judge all squares by say Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao Tse Tung then off with their heads! Squares must all be bad. But hold it. We all have squares who are members of our families and, let's face it, there actually are one or two squares who are decent people so let's give the squares a break and forgive them for their stupidity in mentioning us and Charles Manson in the same breath.

Okay, you are ready for your next step into the gentle (and nonviolent) world of hippies.

Crazy people think violence is good and sex is bad.


And even crazier people like violent sex and sexual violence.

In case you have to be told, hippies are violent only in self-defense. Rape is bad no matter whether the victim is a prostitute, a sex slave, Lara Logan, the Queen of England, the First Lady, your mother, your daughter, your sister, your favorite aunt, your niece, the girl next door or even a man (yes men can get raped and not just in prison by other men). Rape is bad.

Oh right, supposed to be talking about the photo. Make love not war. Peace. Out.

[postscript: I decided to change the image on this module before I was asked to do so because I've been complaining to the Squidoo Ranger about censorship and I thought it would be polite to make a concession toward square sensibilities. Those with sharp eyes who saw the old image can chuckle. I honestly didn't think it was a big deal. And apparently neither did Squidoo but if they are watching me, then for the record I did the right (wing) thing.]

Candid Camera

rainbow house


handmade house


biomorphic house


and some people have made Hobbit homes

this realty company may or may not still be in business


and I think they had hippie realtors or real estate agents on staff

cliff dweller house


hippie subdivision in Austin


hippie home listings

more to come as I update and correct errors

Hippie 2.0


Second Generation Hippies - and Third Generation Hippies

and Fourth Generation Hippies.

Uncle Sam


Being a Hippie

Once you have decided to become a hippie and call yourself hippie, your next step is to actually be a hippie. The lens called "Guide to Being a Hippie" should help. If it does not,, then I have appointed myself The Complaint Department. Let me know in the guestbook or via Squidoo message how I can help.

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FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions


Do hippies hate society?

No, we don't hate society (seeing as how we are part of society). But square society hates hippies.

Does being a hippie work?

Yes it works out better than being a square. We know. Most adult hippies used to be squares though many teen hippies were born to hippie parents, took a look at square society, and said: "No thanks. I'll stay a hippie like my parents."

Do hippies work?

If we are not rich, duh yes because we have bills to pay. Only difference between us and squares in the matter of work is that we always chose a career that we love. We refuse to stick with a job that grinds us down. Some people like picking up trash. We call them recyclers. Some people like staying at home and looking after a family. We call them homemakers, househusbands and housewives. Ordinarily, there is no such thing as a bad job. There is just a job that you hate and are spiritually unsuited for.

What about in extraordinary situations? Are there bad jobs?

Yes, there are evil jobs like oil industry executive, coal industry executive, toxic chemical industry executive, nuclear fission industry executive, professional torturer for a government, scientist doing mind control for the CIA, sex slave trafficker, soldier who commits atrocity (genocide, ethnic cleansing, systematic rape), and officer who orders atrocity.

What are hippie religious views?

We have a module on this over at the Guide to Being a Hippie lens.

What are hippie politics?

None. We are apolitical. That means we avoid politics. We vote but otherwise we leave politics to radicals, conservatives, liberals, reactionaries, and moderates. The closest we ever came to hippie politics was the Yippies. After Abbie Hoffman died, politics seemed even bleaker than it already was.

How do I become a spiritual hippie?

If that is what you really want to become, I got news for you. You are already one. You just need to catch up on your meditating and reading. Don't worry about clothes and growing your hair long. Time will take care of hair and as far as clothes are concerned, we hippies are not clothes conscious because we are not trying to keep up with the Joneses and buy the latest fashions. Those are externals.

Do hippies get girls?

Why? Oh! You are trying to make out. Well, half of us ARE girls. I hope that answers your question. If not, then the answer is yes, hippie dudes get girls. And hippie chicks get boys.

How did hippies get around back in the Sixties?

Our favorite vehicular choices were VW micro buses, old hearses, old ambulances, and old school buses. Back in the day, most hippies were poor college kids and runaway teens and we bought whatever was cheapest or even went to the auto junkyard and fixed up whatever they would let us haul off. Nowadays, we might drive anything from a Bugatti Veyron to a Trabant. I think that's the gamut from the most expensive to the cheapest production car. Back in the day, we liked to paint flowers and rainbows all over our vehicles. We spawned the whole custom car and funny car industry to some extent. Some squares are surprised that we got around then or that we still get around. Teleportation does not exist yet nor are there flying cars but we hippies will probably invent it first and try it first. Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic is one of us.

Where is the famous hippie bus of the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test?

Someone help me out on this. It is not in a museum I don't think but I think it still exists gathering dust.

How do I become a hippie mom?

The same way squares do it. Get pregnant. Although with the world overpopulated, please voluntarily limit yourselves to one child please. Over at the Guide to Being a Hippie lens are some hippie mommy blogs that might help you.

How do I become a non-standard hippie?

Easy. Do your own thing (as long as you don't hurt anyone else). We hippies are non-standard by definition. If we ever become the majority, then we will still be non-standard because we hippies come in different stripes. There are techno-hippies. There are hippies who avoid technology. There are hippies who are space entrepreneurs and there are hippies who are into greening Mars. There are hippies who are more concerned with restoring Mother Earth to pristine condition. I could name a hundred other types of hippies. Just concentrate on being happy and helping other people become happy and that "non-standard" stuff will take care of itself.


Why hippies hated Charles Manson?

I assume you are asking why did hippies hate Charles Manson. Hate is too strong a word for people who habitually are not into hating but yes I have received at least one note from another hippie who chided me (probably justifiably) for even mentioning his name. Contrary to popular opinion among squares, hippies are human (it's been scientifically proven) and like all humans we would prefer to have a good public image. Charles Manson was never even a hippie (Manson himself has said so) but the outside world decided that we are all mass murderers. The entire hippie community judged by one bad person who isn't even a hippie and even if he had been, he was only one person. The very definition of prejudice is judging an entire group by one person. Hitler was a square therefore all squares are anti-Semitic and don't stop genocide. Okay bad example because actually some Jews believe all Gentiles are anti-Semitic and don't stop genocide. I'm getting déjà vu. I thought I fielded this question already.

How to identify hippie?

Best way is that just being around them mellows you out. You feel better because the vibes are good like in that Beach Boys song Good Vibrations. Long hair is not always definitive because a hippie might have cut their hair short. Love beads. Headband. Colorful clothes. Granny dresses on females. Ben Franklin frames for glasses are sometimes favored by males. If I think of anything else, then I'll add it to this question. Jeans now mean nothing. Everyone wears jeans but back in the day, they were an identifier. Hippies do prefer bell-bottom jeans because you wear them over Shenandoah boots. One tip though: wear knee-high thick socks to avoid chafing. Sandals are for beatniks but some hippies prefer sandals in the summer or going everywhere barefoot. Then there are those shoes that are the opposite of high heels in that the sole is high (low heels, Earth shoes, Birkenstocks, whatever). Tie-dyed T-shirt and other tie-dyed items. I can't cop out and say that others have adopted our way of dressing because if someone dresses like us, then maybe they are us. The most important identifier is behavior. If your behavior is violent (except in self-defense), then you are NOT a hippie and I don't care what pundit in the media says otherwise because most of the media is controlled by squares. As I have said ad nauseam, drug use simply means drug addict. Most drug addicts are squares. You want to quit drugs? Find a 12-step group. Many hippies are vegetarians but more than a few are meat-eaters. Hitler was a vegetarian so no need to feel holier than thou. In a future update of this question, I will have to completely rewrite this answer because I am not satisfied that this is both complete (requiring a long answer) and concise (requiring a short answer). Hippies are not nudists (people who pay money to take off their clothes in a members-only private club) per se but the overlap with naturists (people who go naked in public) is considerable. Hippie women avoid makeup and cosmetics altogether because they prefer the natural look - meaning natural, no makeup or cosmetics. Square women by contrast achieve "the natural look" with lip gloss, clear polish and "invisible" makeup - meaning artificial. Eye shadow makes you look like your old man gave you a black eye (and in bad marriages, that's probably what happens). Too much makeup makes you look like a two-bit hooker. With the media down on us since The Sixties calling us all free-loving sluts, is it any wonder that hippie women overreacted by not wearing makeup at all? By taking their menfolk and children and leaving the cities for rural areas? By wearing ultraconservative and reactionary granny dresses when they ventured into rural towns to shop? Many if not most hippie women prefer not to wear jewelry at all. The few who do wear jewelry often do so because they sell homemade jewelry. This goes back to the Capitalist theory of fashion that says people would go around with an automobile tire around their necks if the fashionistas decreed it because squares are conformists and the fashion industry has to make money no matter how uncomfortable it is for you. I have seen plenty of married hippie women who don't even wear a wedding ring. A wedding band is often considered the minimum amount of jewelry for most adult women who may otherwise avoid earrings, necklaces, bracelets and et cetera. Hippie women do shave under their arms but you may have met the few who don't. Hippie women do not shave or pluck their eyebrows and then paint a fake one. Thank God for Brooke Shields. She is our patron saint of eyebrows because the fashion industry tried to burn her at the stake for having real eyebrows. Her father was a Revlon executive which makes her story all the more ironic and iconic.

Why would a hippie have short hair?

Might have been asked to sell their hair for some charity, might be going through chemotherapy or radiation for cancer treatment, might be going bald because baldness genes can run in families, or the kids could have brought home nits and while the house is being fumigated the parents made the decision to shave it all off. It'll grow back unless it won't. For some hippies, short hair is a personal choice.

Why are hippies so obsessed with health?

Because being sick is a bummer.

What are essential items for being a hippie?

1. quit drugs cold turkey

2. learn all you can about the hippie lifestyle

3. give up the idea that you can buy "essential items" to be a hippie because that is consumer brainwashing

What is the Rainbow Family?

The Rainbow Family of Living Light is a loosely affiliated group of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. They put on events known as Rainbow Gatherings.

How to become a real hippie?

Facetious answer is don't become a phony one.

Serious answer is don't be a phony. This gets to the whole hippie idea of rejecting falseness in any form. Natural food not artificial ingredients, junk food and genetically engineered Frankenfood. Real cotton instead of allergy-producing artificial fabrics. Real craftsmanship instead of cheap plastic. Remember Dustin Hoffman in that movie The Graduate and that line about plastic? Holistic health care instead of drugs, unnecessary surgery and X-rays. Free schools instead of programmed learning as if we were computers to be programmed.

Why do hippies prefer free schools for their children?

Programmed learning is fine for computers but we are humans not machines, people not gadgets. Our children are not computers to be programmed. And, as we have seen, a lot of software is not even good for machines. I will avoid taking a poke at Microsoft. Hippie Steve Jobs did enough of that when he was alive.

How to find hippie chicks?

Stay away from our women, pervert. And stay away from our men too for that matter. Fred? Is that you? Did you send in that question?

Follow up question: Do hippie chicks make a good boy go bad?

Well, they can ventilate you with lead and send you to a bad place. If I am supposed to take this question seriously, then a hippie chick is more likely to advise a bad boy to see the error of his way, repent, go to a monastery, and get religion. Of course it might be a Zen Buddhist monastery where you will get hit with a stick until you achieve satori (enlightenment) or get sick of being beaten.

What are the types of corporate hippies?

Hippie entrepreneurs and executives who happen to be hippies have little in common except that they are both hippies. Techno-hippies will work for big companies that have casual dress codes. Hippie scientists will work for corporations but the best ones at the top of their game (Nobel Prize caliber) are often self-employed or working at a research institute or at a graduate school at a university. Then there is the great middle of middle management and anonymous employees at corporations who keep their private lives to themselves and give their co-workers no clue that they rock to Neil Young or The Dead.

How did hippies become so popular?

People like you and me are just sick of choking on the lies spewed out by Republicans and sick of the non-responsive inarticulate invertebrate Democrats. Liberals lack the ability to organize or sustain momentum for longer than a month while conservatives can sustain or nurse a grudge for decades. Hippies are moderates and middle of the road centralists and apolitical to boot because they have long given up on gridlock politics. Christianity (as was served up to me) offers no answers beyond "Jesus is the answer." What would Jesus do? Jesus did not have to contend with a dozen nations that have or are getting nuclear weapons. While Jesus had to contend with Romans who beat and tortured Him to death, He did not have to contend with a world that is overpopulated but people keep breeding more children who will not have jobs, decent education (GOP is anti-education), world peace, clean air, freedom (thanks to the Patriot Act), nor privacy (thanks to the Patriot Act). Atheism offers no answers but sometimes asks the right questions. Communism offers no answers (possibly because they are atheists) and they aren't even asking the right questions (possibly because they aren't the skeptical type of atheists). Communists and non-communist governments alike engage in torture (thanks for nothing Dick Cheney). The only social movements that offer any hope (environmentalism, peace, 99%, Occupy) have been criminalized by Homeland Security. It is as if the Establishment has never cracked a history book. My conservative square brother asked me the other night how capitalism could continue to squeeze for greater and greater profits. Now I am no communist. I hate communism. Communism is production-oriented making things that no consumer wants.


Wall Street is growth-oriented in a world with limits to growth. Last time I checked, NASA was still fighting tooth and nail to keep ordinary people like you out of space so we have to squeeze seven billion plus-sized people onto a little planet full of terrorists and torturers. The only economics that makes sense is sustainability. How did hippies become so popular? Easy. The alternatives suck.

Are there any statistics about being a hippie?

Not sure what you are asking. If you are asking if happiness is being measured, not in the USA. Happiness is measured in other countries. Bhutan was one of the first nations to have an official concerned with national happiness. If you are asking if there have been recent major studies of the hippie counterculture, then no. Not since The Sixties since we are supposed to be dead and nonexistent. The Census Bureau does not count us because it is only interested in gender, race and other classifications. We are a cultural group and that makes us even more nebulous than antiquated ideas of race.

What does being a hippie mean?

Whatever you want it to mean. But this is the becoming a hippie lens (not the being a hippie lens). Once you are a hippie you will be a hippie and no longer see a point to this question.

How do hippies earn money?

Working at a job that makes them happy. And since each hippie is an individual (unlike conformists), there are as many ways to earn a living as there are hippies. If you don't want a conventional job, then either find a hippie employer or perhaps some craft or trade that you enjoy. Then you can pursue your livelihood as a self-employed person. Or go to professional school and become a hippie architect or hippie doctor or hippie lawyer or hippie clergyman. Hippies generally avoid the military because they are not into violence but even there the term sticks to certain individuals. For example, the Coast Guard is more tolerant of individuality than other branches. And some special ops guys are said to be hippies and Rambo types. Or you can get into science as a scientist. Academia does not give a flip as to your hair length or unconventional ways as long as you do good science. You can become a hippie social worker as long as you manage your case load. You can become a hippie cop but going undercover for long periods of time or DEA work or investigating the drug lords can result in you getting bullet-riddled and leaving your spouse a widow and your children orphans. Or you can become a hippie professional athlete. Or you can do the whole corporate hippie thing and build a huge corporation like Ben & Jerry or Steve Jobs or Sir Richard Branson or Alan Newman or some other famous hippie business person. Many hippies in the hip business community refuse to recognize John Mackey of Whole Foods as a member of the hippie chamber of commerce.

Who is Alan Newman?

The serial entrepreneur behind Seventh Generation, Gardener's Supply Company, Magic Hat Brewery, and Niche Marketing.

Are there famous hippie businesswomen or hippie executives who are female?

I can't think of any. I am not sure if Anita Roddick, founder of Body Shop, would have self-described herself as a hippie. However, locally you have people like Taraleigh Silberberg and Elli Perkins.

Why were VW Beetles so popular among hippies?

Remember, many flower children were runaways who were cut off from their parents, no allowance, no student loans like today, and most employers would not hire under-age minors (especially ones with long hair). Without much money and often without any money, they panhandled, sold flowers (and other things when desperate enough), and did odd jobs and part time work for people who would hire them since hippies had a reputation for scrupulous honesty. Groups of kids (and I do mean kids as in below 17) formed their own "families" out of a need for family, pooled their earnings and bought the cheapest vehicles around -- used VW Beetles.

Was there anything cheaper than used VW Beetles?

Yep, abandoned buses and ambulances and hearses at auto junk yards, along roadsides, or simply a consequence of hippies doing odd jobs such as cleaning up neglected lots for property owners. Imagine this dialogue --

hippie entrepreneur: "We cleaned the yard except for this old vehicle."

square property owner: "Haul it off. That's what I'm paying you guys for."

hippie: "Can we have it?"

square: "As long as it is gone, help yourself."

hippie: "Cool! Thanks man!"

So sometimes hippies were paid to haul off a wreck or a clunker. Older hippies had the skills to get parts and repair these more challenging vehicles and did so because free is a great price. Being paid to take a vehicle is even better. Naturally, hippies dealt with rust proofing by painting them imaginatively.


Is it ok to wear hippie clothes if you aren't one?

Yes, but please be on your best behavior because otherwise it reflects badly upon hippies who, by and large, try to be good citizens. And by the way, thanks for being ethical enough to ask first. When I see squares dress up as hippies for Halloween, I have to wonder if they think minstrel shows and wearing black-face or other racial stereotypes are also okay.

What are some delicious hippy foods?

Old favorites: Brown rice, whole wheat loaves, tabouli salad, tofu, alfalfa sprouts, carob, granola, and plain yogurt. Newer foods: tempeh, olive oil, and less cheese. But when cheese is used, it is artisan cheese. Go over to Guide to Being A Hippie and find the hippie recipe links. A sample: To make a hippie you take one square, turn them on to about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, tune them in (you will need a tuning fork for this), and let them drop out the square baking pan. But seriously, the recipes are for food.

Is smoking weed and being a hippie back in style?

No. Using drugs is a matter of stupidity not style. That's why they call it dope. As for being a hippie, among squares trends come and go. Among hippies, being a hippie was never OUT of style. Some just moved to another part of the country, some had to take jobs to reach personal goals (taking a job you hate is very un-hip), some cut their hair for convenience, some were never hippies but deluded themselves into thinking that they were (probably use of drugs caused this delusion), and some forgot that they were hippies and needed reminding. World events like the roller coaster economy, constant wars (the USA is always in some d*mn war), climate change denial, national leaders killing their own people, overpopulation, oil spill in Yellowstone, and other events added to the problems of the Sixties that sparked the hippie movement - problems that were never solved and that never went away. These world events have reminded older hippies why they became hippies in the first place and convinced younger squares that the Establishment will never change and therefore they are dropping out of the square lifestyle because it is a dead end.

How do hippies get around?

The same as everyone else except we often prefer to walk, roller skate, or bicycle to work or go shopping. When we drive a car rather than use mass transit, it is likely to be an all-electric. Sometimes a hybrid.

Why become a hippie?

Better for you, better for your family, better for the human race, and better for the planet on which you live and are dependent. This is what is known as a win-win-win-win situation.

How to be a hippy while camping?

This is easy. Don't leave garbage behind after your camping holiday is over. And put out your campfire when you go on a hike. Being in the middle of a forest fire can be hell.

Where would an hippy have a farm?

Wow! Anywhere. Literally, anywhere. There IS no place where you cannot have a farm if you own the land or water or airspace. I have done a lens on urban agriculture, Guide to Urban Agriculture, so I know what I am talking about. There are companies that ranch fish out in the ocean. There are hanging gardens and one company plans to put up an airborne city like Stratos in that Star Trek episode "The Cloud Minders." Not quite anti-gravity or Avatar's floating islands but plain old helium. Hydroponics can be done in space and there is an entire organization, The Mars Society, that wants to green Mars. I have lenses that feature terraforming (Green Space and Guide to Space Suburbanization) and terraforming in turn makes it possible to farm on any planet, moon or large enough asteroid. So where would a hippie have a farm? Wherever they can get land or water or air or space. But if you prefer a more boring answer, then use your backyard in a suburb or buy a farm out in the rural country at a tax sale or foreclosure sale. In deserts, water is a challenge but Native Americans have farmed there for millennia and continue to successfully farm in the desert. One place I would avoid: arctic regions that if climate change is reversed, will return to tundra.

Is it wrong to just ask a hippy for free love?

You mean as opposed to not asking? That's called rape. Yes, it is wrong.

You mean just ask as opposed to hinting and subterfuge? I suppose just asking is better than being sneaky but you need to become a hippie yourself first. Otherwise, you are a degenerate deviant pervert.

You mean as opposed to paying? You really are a degenerate deviant pervert. Squares call our women sluts and whores and then slither and sidle up to them and ask for free love. Sigmund Freud called this psychological phenomenon projection. You accuse the other of what you yourself are guilty. Like I said, you are a degenerate deviant pervert to think of our women as prostitutes and our men as pimps. We don't bother you. So why are you molesting us? You do know that we all pack guns and switchblades right? You will be singing falsetto. A cappella.

Toni! Isn't that a bit harsh?

Not really. You stopped me before I really got going. I was going to suggest finding a dominatrix who will beat you to within an inch of your life and then beat you eight more inches. My point in all this inappropriate humor is to point out that freedom isn't free. An absurd notion. Freedom should be free. But just as hippies discovered that drugs were bad news, they also discovered that unsafe sex resulted in unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. You really don't hear hippies using the term free love any more. We have sex but we use condoms and we stick with those we know and we don't know you. Become a hippie first. Or pay for a prostitute. (Humor returning) Or find the most violent dominatrix you can find and tell her that if she beats you to death that it's okay, you left everything to her in your will.

You're against drugs. You're against sex. Are you against rock & roll too?

I'm not against sex. Just unprotected sex. I'm not against rock. Just turn down the volume and wear earplugs to concerts. Or risk permanent shift of hearing (PSH, deafness). This is why unplugged acoustic concerts are popular.

Are hippies cheaters?

No, we do not cheat on our taxes. Sometimes we are so poor that we simply do not have to file.

No, we do not cheat on tests. We are generally smarter than the other kids so we don't need to cheat. Often we attend schools that don't have tests (pass/fail) and, therefore, there is no occasion to cheat.

My God, you are exasperating Toni. Do hippies cheat on their spouses?

No, we do not cheat on our spouses – assuming we are married. Unlike squares, we do not apply the word cheating to unmarried couples who are just dating. Singles who are just dating have no claims on each other. If you have a roving eye, then you should not get married and ruin someone else's life. Your question probably refers to open marriage. Most hippies take a dim view of open marriage and are monogamous. There are those involved in group marriages and they expect fidelity within the group and no straying outside the group. There are even a few hippies who are into polygyny (one husband with several wives) but not because they are Mormons or Muslims. Perhaps rarest of all are a few hippies into polyandry (one wife with several husbands). The basic idea of faithfulness is sticking with the one (or two or three) that you signed up with until death busts you up. Considering the high divorce rate among Protestant squares, one is tempted to say that hippies have a better way. Simply honoring your marriage vows. Wow! What a concept.

What do hippie women do about periods?

Have them.

Oh, I'm sorry. You wanted a serious answer. Hippie women avoid commercial paper products because of the danger of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Plastic products pose a problem of allergic reaction. Many hippie women prefer a natural sponge. There are some women who don't have periods because of low body weight and exercise as in the case of marathon runners in training. Contrary to popular myth, no woman has ever died from being amenorrheic. One reason that you see so many hippie mothers prolonging breastfeeding instead of early weaning is the lack of annoying periods during lactation. Drugs that prevent or stop periods are a very, very bad idea.


Do hippies stay naked?

Some do. But built into your question is the assumption that hippies are conformists.

Did hippies create AIDS?

No. I should not even dignify this with an answer. The conspiracy theory people say that the CIA cooked it up. Or the germ warfare division of the US Army cooked it up. Or the disease developed as a mutation of precursor viruses within the drug addict population that is notoriously sloppy with hygiene and that already had lowered immunity and so was an ideal incubator for a disease characterized by immune deficiency. Perhaps nature hybridized cancer and pneumonia. For example, influenza strains are known to swap genes with each other. Or poachers in wildlife reserves in Africa got bitten by infected apes and thereby the disease jumped species. Or Haitians are so poor that they cannot afford soap and they live in such crowded conditions that when one person has a contagious illness, it is easy for a whole household or community to quickly contract the same illness. One theory says that gays came to Haiti for the voodoo ceremonies and brought back AIDS. We will probably never know for sure because gays politicized the disease and made it impossible to treat the disease like any other disease -- namely quarantine to stop the spread. So the whole gay community was exposed as a result. Some hemophiliacs probably got the disease due to carelessness in transfusions. So to get back to your question, is your question intended to smear hippies? It is not our problem when non-hippies have long hair and are mistaken for hippies. It is not our problem when hippies are regarded as the New N-words and squares can get away with throwing around slurs. And for the most part, AIDS is not our problem because if it were, then you would hear about hippies doing AIDS awareness campaigns like you see within the gay, the black, hemophiliac, and the IV drug user communities. Hippies avoid drugs -- especially needles. And God knows, I get tired of answering that question. Hippies are more into meditation. Much cheaper from a health insurance standpoint.

What do you call the necklace men wore with a Nehru jacket?

Peace beads or love beads.

What does the hippie sign symbolize?

There is no "hippie sign" per se. You probably mean either the peace symbol or the peace sign which symbolizes peace. Surprise!!! Some Fundamentalist Christians like to deconstruct the symbol to mean war. Broken cross and all that bull. I'm a Fundamentalist Christian myself and see nothing sinister about the symbol. Jesus Himself was called the Prince of Peace. The antecedents of the peace symbol come from the anti-nuclear and anti-war movements which in turn referenced semaphore flags used in World War Two. Research it. You'll find it.

What do I do if I found out I'm a dirty hippie?

The funny answer is kill yourself. How could you _NOT_ know you were dirty with people avoiding you and holding their noses and telling you to take a bath and use deodorant? The serious answer is take a bath. Then you will be a clean hippie. It is possible that your question is ironic in the sense that you realized one day that you had drifted far from politics and the majority culture and into counter-cultural attitudes. You might be sick of politics but feel that it is your duty as a citizen of whatever country you are in to care about politics. My suggestion is that there is nothing wrong with being apolitical or non-political. You can still vote but not be an activist. Try voting for a third party. Just not communists or neo-Nazis who are both genocidal wing-nuts. Okay, so you discover that you are a hippie. Do some research. Decide how you want to re-arrange your life. Get out of this lens and head over to the Guide to Being a Hippie. And avoid "dirty" people in general -- whether dirty squares or dirty hippies. You don't want body lice or bedbugs. Find clean hippies and make new friends and neighbors.

Why do hippies not shave?

You are assuming that all hippies do not shave. Some dudes grow beards and some shave their face every day. Some chicks have underarm hair and some shave their underarms. Some hippies, both male and female, shave all body hair just like some squares. People into competitive swimming particularly like the fact that body shaving cuts down on drag and improves speed. Some nudists and naturists are more naked than others and these people are called smoothies because they have no hair other than scalp hair. Some nose and ear hair is necessary for proper breathing and hearing. The whole smoothie trend may have started in the Netherlands among the FKK naturists.

What do trance hippies wear in the summer?

What are "trance hippies"? You must be making that up. And as far as what they wear, who cares? If it is hot, maybe they wear nothing.

Why do hippies like apple?

If you are talking about the fruit, then it is because an apple a day keeps the doctor away. If you are talking about Apple computer, then you probably are referring to the preference of creative types for Macs. The whole user experience is much friendlier and more enjoyable than Wintel software and hardware. And to the degree that hippies like other Apple devices, perhaps it is brand loyalty since Steve Jobs was a fellow hippie.

How to deal with parents making fun of my hippie style?

If underage, then take it in good humor. Ask them questions that make them stop and think: "Wow! I got a very wise kid." You do not want to come across as a smart Aleck or wiseacre or sassing them. Say something like: "Why do you make fun of my style? Did your parents make fun of your style?" Don't be surprised if your parents get this misty-eyed look as they think back to their own younger years. It was probably either pleasant or very unpleasant or boring. No matter what it was like, you will learn about what made your parents the people they are today. They might have been hippies themselves before being shamed out of it. They might have been skin heads who beat up hippies. In which case, a fair question to ask is: "Are you going to kill me?" This might surprise them. They might say: "Yes if you don't straighten up." or "No you're my child." Either way they care about you in their own way. In case of emotional abuse, simply say: "You really hurt me. Did you intend to do that?" You could, if necessary, do the silent treatment but unfortunately this sometimes lasts a lifetime and being estranged from your parents will cost both you and them so much psychologically that decades from now you will have to shell out a lot of money to a shrink to fix your head. Seriously. If you are wise enough to be a hippie, then suggest family therapy. Your family minister or pastor or family physician or a local help line can refer your family to a family therapist. Your parents may be dragged kicking and screaming into family therapy by friends and relatives doing an intervention. In case of physical abuse, call the Department of Social Services or the police. My sympathy if your family is melting down.

If you are old enough, move out. But visit at Christmas and other holidays so that your parents know that you love them regardless.

If you are taking drugs, then your parents should report you to the police or check you into rehab. You will hate them but you will thank them.

Why do hippies hate gmos?

Moorbad Gmös is a peat therapy resort near Laakirchen, Austria. Why would hippies hate a resort? Hippies are not into hate. It occurs to me that you may not understand that humans are not mind readers and therefore you need to make an effort to make yourself understood. Police have killed people because they did not communicate. Acronyms are supposed to be all capital letters separated by periods. For example, M.A.S.H. is military acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. It is bad enough to drop the periods but dropping the upper case means you don't want people to understand you. I was inspired by President Obama to lecture you. Lecture over. You mean genetically modified organisms or G.M.O.'s. One word answer: tumors.



Fifth Generation Hippies

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Hate this lens? Then let me know. Tell me in as much detail as humanly possible what you hate, who you hate, where you do your hating, when are peak hating hours (4 A.M. ? 5 P.M. ?), when is National Hate Hippies Day, that sort of stuff, why you hate this lens or why you hate hippies, and how to improve this lens other than deleting it. It is too popular for deletion. Now you know I am crazy enough to publish what you have to say unedited except for the fact that children wander into my lenses and so keep profanity to a minimum. Hippies are not classifiable as "liberal" or "conservative" or "radical". I have academic research on this so trust me on this point. On an anecdotal aside, a hippie chick might dress traditionally like your great-grandmother in a granny dress. That's rather conservative. A lot of square women just wear pantsuits so that they will look like men. Some hippie chicks will find warm climes so that they don't have to wear clothes at all like Aunt Eve (ever heard of Adam and Eve?). That''s rather ultraconservative or even reactionary when you think about it. So forget imposing your ideas of politics on us.

I categorized this lens as spirituality for lack of a better category: namely miscellaneous. We are a counter-culture that developed out of a movement and there are not only second and third generation hippies but fourth generation hippies whose parents and grandparents may have been hippies. Of course, every day I read about some square who flat out says that as soon as they can, they are becoming a hippie. They have to research it first. That's the route I took.

I guess deciding to become a hippie is almost like immigration to a strange land. Your children may become next generation hippies. But the first hippies in The Sixties are more likely to have great-great grandchildren who are hippies. These are Fifth Generation hippies.

Hippies are here permanently and when those hippie babies grow up and have babies of their own, they will be sixth generation hippies. Blows the mind doesn't it?







Reader Feedback

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on April 12, 2014:

Have a flower ð» Peace and love. :)

Toni-Roman (author) on February 20, 2014:

@randomthings lm: Thanks but Guide to Being A Hippie was way better in my opinion. I did not remove it. Let me know if you want to be put on a list to be notified when the book comes out.

randomthings lm on December 05, 2013:

This is great stuff!

Toni-Roman (author) on August 13, 2013:

@steadytracker lm: I'm glad you're here. Back in the day, my grandparents used the word straight to mean not a hippie. Today, straight means not gay. But one word has not changed its meaning. "Square" still means not a hippie. When you think about it, going in a square or tracing a square or walking a square takes you right back to where you started. No progress. Like going in circles. So purely from a mathematical view, "Never go straight, always go forward..." is sound advice. Thanks for your contribution, Steady Tracker!

steadytracker lm on August 11, 2013:

If it weren't for hippies, I would not be here. The most common phrase mentioned in our house growing up was, "Never go straight, always go forward..."

anonymous on May 28, 2013:

there's such thing as hippie appreciation week? awesome

JeffGilbert on February 23, 2013:

At first I thought this was a goof, but this is actually a great lens!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Toni-Roman (author) on December 25, 2012:

@mrdata: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and to all a good night.

mrdata on December 25, 2012:

Great lens! Congrats! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you big success for 2013...:)

OUTFOXprevention1 on December 24, 2012:

Funny. Thanks for the share.

angharad on December 05, 2012:

Awesome lens! I've considered myself a hippie all my life.

Toni-Roman (author) on October 01, 2012:

@ismeedee: Humorous response: The tree hugging makes you an environmentalist. Talking to trees makes you either schizophrenic or into that whole secret life of plants thing (Stevie Wonder did an album for the movie which was based on the book). Some tribes supposedly use certain trees for long distance communication. Eating all natural food just makes you a person careful about their health.

Serious response: As to whether you qualify to become a hippie, you need to ask your soul or spirit that question. If my answer is insufficient, then you could go to the Guide to Being a Hippie. Best wishes whatever your path in life.

ismeedee on October 01, 2012:

I hug trees. And talk to them. Do I qualify? Oh yeah and I eat all natural food.

Toni-Roman (author) on August 10, 2012:

@Gypzeerose: One of my goals is to make you feel at home. You're family so put your feet up. Stay awhile. Come back often if you have to leave to go to work or school.

Let us know how you're doing.

Rose Jones on August 09, 2012:

Very fun informative lens. I really liked being here!

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

Your message is a breath of fresh air - I too consider myself a hippie but had no idea that we are still about in a big way. Thanks for spreading the word so eloquently.

jtmarks on June 14, 2012:

We truly love your page and the message you are spreading. It is a relief to see common sense these days. Thank you, keep doing what you do!

Barbara from USA on June 13, 2012:

Found a new twist on Hippies, curious. I don't fit many categories but I am a ture hippie, what ever that's defined as these days.

spellbindingsis on April 18, 2012:


anonymous on March 31, 2012:

Indeed... The Hippies were right!

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anonymous on March 19, 2012:

I'm an old hippie, just happened back in the day, we didn't have a plan...and now we have one!

earthybirthymum from Ontario, Canada on January 29, 2012:

I'm a proud hippie :)

Toni-Roman (author) on December 25, 2011:

@CPDInteractive: Thanks! Merry Christmas!

CPDInteractive on December 25, 2011:

Hi, gr8 lens, very informative, keep up the good work.

Toni-Roman (author) on April 01, 2011:

@SunPhishArts: Thanks! I'm adding more info.

Toni-Roman (author) on April 01, 2011:

@webprojmanage: You're welcome!

gotocollege on March 16, 2011:

I really want to be a hippie, very good tips to be one ;)

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SunPhishArts on November 04, 2010:

Very Nice man tons of good info here!!!

webprojmanage on May 01, 2010:

Wow! A giga lens here. Really full with nice information. Thanks for this lucrative lens.

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